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Poster: picfixer Date: Jul 11, 2010 4:14pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: A personal note

In a review of the film "Convoy," I alluded to the thirty-thousand allied merchant seaman who were lost in the Battle of the Atlantic. My first cousin, a Merchant Marine cadet, was one of them. Attached is the ship in which he went down along with all hands, the USS Sol Navis, original name the SS Harry B Luckenbach.

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Poster: LordOfTheExacto Date: Jul 12, 2010 6:20pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: A personal note

I'll have to watch that one now, and raise a glass in your cousin's honor when I do. The armed forces get all the glory, but the Merchant Marine men who died did so with just as much gallantry as any navy man.

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Poster: picfixer Date: Jul 12, 2010 9:41pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: A personal note

Thanks, and I fully agree. The most dangerous places to be during the war were in the air with the 8th Air Force and on the deck of a merchant ship. I was only six at the time, yet I still have powerful memories of the impact my cousin Walter's loss had on the family. I had wanted to post photos of him and his ship on Memorial Day, but they were mislaid in my messy files. I'll post his photo in this thread as soon as it shows up.

Like many other, my family had strong connections to the Second World War. Another cousin. Mat, lost most of one leg to frostbite during the Battle of the Bulge. My uncle Harold was a USN pilot in the Pacific, 1943-5. Both survived the war. My uncle George, first mate on a seagoing tug out of Boston, became during the early months of 1942, the volunteer civilian skipper of a trawler on u-boat patrol off Cape Cod, to his great disappointment, uneventfully. They all are gone now.